How Photography Helps Me Write.
I originally posted this on my blog, Action Bob Markle Act II.
If you follow the link, there are images there, too.
Maybe it won't work for you, but if you're in a spot like I am right now, trying to figure out what to do next. What's the Next Big Thing? Is it a play? A novel? A series of short stories? Do I even have it in me to do The Next Big Thing? (Of course I do; every writer goes through this horrible stage where you doubt every bit of talent you've ever had, suspecting that it's all disappeared because you weren't 100% vigilant.)
This past January, when I was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, writing my brains out, one day I took a break and went out and shot pictures, using a visual language and vocabulary for replace my written one for a day, and voila! I cleared my brain and I was fresh the next day. Take a look. Today in Boston was like that day on the backroads of Vermont, where I couldn't NOT take a photograph. It was in impossible. Everywhere I looked I saw an image. Sometime I took it; sometimes I just looked at it.
I don't know where I'm going. I don't know what I'm going to do next. All I know is I'm on to something.
Oh, and then there's there: What Photography Taught Acclaimed Author Teju Cole About Writing. It showed up in my inbox today.
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